Unknown fallen soldier identified, returning home to GA to be laid to rest

Corporal James Cordie Rix (Source: Townsend Brothers Funeral Home)

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A fallen soldier will continue his journey home Thursday.

Corporal James Cordie Rix enlisted in the United States Army in Georgia on September 14, 1949. He was only 17 and his mother had to sign for him to enlist.

Cpl. Rix was killed in action on November 30, 1950, during heavy fighting between the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces and the 7th Cavalry Regiment in Unsan-ni, North Korea. He was 18 years old at the time of his death.

Cpl. Rix was previously buried as an unknown soldier at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu before he was identified in February of this year. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

After a brief military ceremony and a greeting by his family Thursday, there will be an escort from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport to Dublin, Georgia.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. in his hometown of Alamo, Georgia. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with full military rites.

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